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Mariano Rivera blew his seventh save Sunday against the Red Sox, but he ended up earning his fifth win.

He's blown two straight saves, but had strung together eight straight scoreless appearances before that. Joe Girardi called on Rivera in the eighth inning with a 3-2 lead. Mo completed that frame without incident, but surrendered a leadoff homer to Will Middlebrooks in the ninth. Over two innings, the legend struck out three. Rivera is 41-for-48 in save conversions and boasts a 2.28 ERA and 1.12 WHIP.

Mariano Rivera RP NYY 11 Months

Mariano Rivera blew his sixth save after giving up a run in the ninth Thursday against the Red Sox.

Rivera got the first two batters in the ninth, but he gave up a single to Mike Napoli to extend the inning. Quintin Berry entered a pinch-runner and immediately attempted a steal, ending up on third when Austin Romine's throw skipped into center field. Stephen Drew then tied it with another single. The run was declared earned in the official scorer's judgment; it was the right assumption that Berry would have scored from second on Drew's hit. Rivera's six blown saves are his most since 2003. Of course, he's still 41-for-47, with a 2.19 ERA.

Mariano Rivera RP NYY 11 Months

Mariano Rivera reiterated that he won't change his mind about retiring after this season.

Joe Girardi started the conversation anew on Tuesday, as ESPN quoted him as saying the skipper would, "make sure (retiring) is really what (Rivera wants) to do." Rivera squashed the discussion before it burst aflame. "I already told you guys. I don't want to come back like that again," Rivera said. "I made my decision. They can do whatever they want. That's fine. I don't tell (Girardi) what to do. But on my behalf, I already made my decision in spring training."

Mariano Rivera RP NYY 11 Months

Mariano Rivera hurled a perfect ninth inning to pick up his 38th save of the season against the Rays on Sunday.

Rivera allowed five runs over three appearances (all blown saves) between August 7-11, but he's now strung together five straight scoreless outings. Mo boasts a 2.20 ERA and 1.18 WHIP and his 38 saves rank second in the American League.

Mariano Rivera RP NYY 11 Months

Mariano Rivera pitched a scoreless ninth to pick up his 37th save of the season against the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

Rivera hit a rough patch in early August, but he's rebounded to post 3 2/3 scoreless innings in his last four appearances. He lowered his season ERA to 2.25, and his 37 saves are good for second-most in the American League.

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Mariano Rivera allowed two homers over one inning Sunday against the Tigers, but escaped with the win.

Rivera replaced David Robertson in the top of the ninth protecting a 4-2 Yankee lead. Homers by Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez tied the affair, but Brett Gardner's walk-off in the bottom half of the frame gifted the ancient New York closer with his third win of the season (and 78th overall, for those keeping track at home). Rivera has surrendered a troubling five runs on three homers over his last three appearances, which has spiked his ERA from 1.56 to 2.44.

Mariano Rivera RP NYY 12 Months

Mariano Rivera blew his second consecutive save chance on Friday, surrendering a two-out, game-tying homer to Miguel Cabrera.

Even with these blips on the radar, Rivera still owns a terrific 2.08 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 41/8 K/BB ratio through 43 1/3 innings on the season. He has still converted 35 of his 39 save chances on the season, and remains one of the truly elite closers in the league.

Mariano Rivera RP NYY 12 Months

Mariano Rivera blew his third save of the season against the White Sox on Wednesday.

Rivera got two quick outs before giving up a double to Gordon Beckham and an RBI single to Adam Dunn that tied the game. It was just his third blown save in 38 chances, so his success rate is still pretty high. Blown saves happen.

Mariano Rivera RP NYY 12 Months

Mariano Rivera tossed a perfect ninth inning Wednesday against the Dodgers for his 34th save of the season.

He struck out two and dispatched the Dodgers in 12 pitches. It was Rivera's second career save at Dodgers Stadium (he's earned saves in 31 parks). Rivera hasn't allowed a run since July 7. The All-Star game MVP currently boasts a 1.60 ERA. The Yankees probably wish they could sign him to a long-term extension.

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Mariano Rivera earned All-Star game MVP honors with a perfect inning in the American League's 3-0 victory over the National League Tuesday.

Mo came on in the eighth inning instead of the ninth, as AL manager Jim Leyland wanted to make sure the all-time saves leader made an appearance. It was a fantastic moment, as the players waited to take the field until Mo began throwing his warm-up tosses. No. 42 then retired the NL in order. He became the first reliever ever to take home the All-Star game MVP award.